The problem of private operators of some 1,600 speedboats operating out of Pattaya was raised at City Hall.
Council member Sinchai Wattanasatsathorn outlined the problems of the boats that are part of the tourism industry. There is no regulation over the charges they make for trips and people can buy tickets everywhere.
They also moor wherever they want despite the rules.
Mayor Sontaya said it had been a problem for ages and he had done his best to regulate the industry.
He blamed the pandemic and the actions of individual operators to flout the regulations in an effort to recover some of their losses, reported INN.
He said that during the pandemic his staff had been working on making sure that all boats are registered with City Hall and that there would be a central ticket issuing authority in the future.
Thaivisa notes that well before the pandemic took hold speedboat operators in Pattaya almost completly ignored orders to only use Bali Hai port.
Hundreds openly flouted the rules by operating off the main beach and loading tourists – mostly Chinese – up from there.